Inner-western residential and commercial suburb named after the estate of emancipist jeweller Jacob Josephson. It developed with the construction of the Redfern-Parramatta railway line in the 1850s.


by Chrys Meader, 2008 Creative Commons License

Cadigal country until large grants were given to settlers in the early colony, Lewisham remained timbered and rural until the mid-nineteenth century. Its Catholic church, cemetery and hospital dominated one side of the suburb, and were the site of an air crash in 1946 when two staff were killed.
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Lewisham demographics

Archbishop Gilroy blessing the altars at Christian Brothers, Lewisham 1937
Men at work on railway bridge near Petersham, Battle Bridge Creek c1885
Long Cove Creek viaduct being replaced by iron railway bridge, Lewisham 1885
'Welcome Home' for returning World War I soldier, Lewisham  July 1919